Anindita Bhadra

Associate Professor
Dept: Biological Sciences (DBS)
E-mail: abhadra [at] iiserkol.ac.in

All Publications:

  1. Bhattacharjee, Debottam and Bhadra, Anindita. 2020."Humans Dominate the Social Interaction Networks of Urban Free-Ranging Dogs in India." Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1-11
  2. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Sarkar, Rohan; Sau, Shubhra and Bhadra, Anindita. 2020."Sociability of Indian free-ranging dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) varies with human movement in urban areas.." Journal of Comparative Psychology, Advance online pub, 1-9
  3. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Sau, Shubhra and Bhadra, Anindita. 2020."'Bolder’ together — response to human social cues in groups of free-ranging dogs." Behaviour, 157, 363-384
  4. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Mandal, Sarab; Shit, Piuli; Varghese, Mebin George; Vishnoi, Aayushi and Bhadra, Anindita. 2020."Free-Ranging Dogs Are Capable of Utilizing Complex Human Pointing Cues." Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1-9
  5. Banerjee, Arunita and Bhadra, Anindita. 2019."The more the merrier: dogs can assess quantities in food-choice tasks." Current Science, 117, 1095-1100
  6. Brubaker, Lauren; Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Ghaste, Prayas; Babu, Daisy; Shit, Piuli; Bhadra, Anindita and Udell, Monique R.. 2019."The effects of human attentional state on canine gazing behaviour: a comparison of free-ranging, shelter, and pet dogs." Animal Cognition, Online first, 1-11
  7. Sarkar, Rohan; Sau, Shubhra and Bhadra, Anindita. 2019."Scavengers can be choosers: A study on food preference in free-ranging dogs." Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 216, 38-44
  8. Shrestha, Uttam Babu and Bhadra, Anindita. 2019."Science in South Asia." Science, 364, 1211-1211
  9. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Sau, Shubhra and Bhadra, Anindita. 2018."Free-Ranging Dogs Understand Human Intentions and Adjust Their Behavioral Responses Accordingly." Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 232
  10. Paul, Manabi and Bhadra, Anindita. 2018."The great Indian joint families of free-ranging dogs." PLoS ONE, 13, e0197328
  11. Bhadra, Anindita. 2018."Life with Oliver. A review of Animal Madness: Inside their Minds by Laurel Braitman.." The Book Review, May 2018, 32
  12. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Sau, Shubhra; Das, Jayjit and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017."Free-ranging dogs prefer petting over food in repeated interactions with unfamiliar humans." Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 4654-4660
  13. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; N, Nikhil Dev; Gupta, Shreya; Sau, Shubhra; Sarkar, Rohan; Biswas, Arpita; Banerjee, Arunita; Babu, Daisy; Mehta, Diksha and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017."Free-ranging dogs show age related plasticity in their ability to follow human pointing." PLoS ONE, 12, e0180643
  14. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Dasgupta, Sandipan; Biswas, Arpita; Deheria, Jayshree; Gupta, Shreya; Dev, N Nikhil; Udell, Monique and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017."Practice makes perfect: familiarity of task determines success in solvable tasks for free-ranging dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)." Animal Cognition, Online first, 1-6
  15. Brubaker*, Lauren; Dasgupta, Sandipan; Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Bhadra*, Anindita and Udell*, Monique R.. 2017."Differences in problem-solving between canid populations: Do domestication and lifetime experience affect persistence?." Animal Cognition, TBA, TBA
  16. Paul, Manabi and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017."Selfish Pups: Weaning Conflict and Milk Theft in Free-Ranging Dogs." PLoS ONE, 12, e0170590
  17. Paul, Manabi; Sau, Shubhra; Nandi, Anjan Kumar and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017."Clever mothers balance time and effort in parental care: a study on free-ranging dogs." Royal Society Open Science, 4, 160583
  18. Sen Majumder, Sreejani; Paul, Manabi; Sau, Shubhra and Bhadra, Anindita. 2016."Denning habits of free-ranging dogs reveal preference for human proximity." Scientific Reports, 6, 1-8
  19. Paul, Manabi; Sen Majumder, Sreejani; Sau, Shubhra; Nandi, Anjan Kumar and Bhadra, Anindita. 2016."High early life mortality in freeranging dogs is largely influenced by humans." Nature Scientific Reports, 6, 1 - 8
  20. Paul, Manabi; Sen Majumder, Sreejani; Nandi, Anjan Kumar and Bhadra, Anindita. 2015."Selfish mothers indeed! Resource-dependent conflict over extended parental care in free-ranging dogs." Royal Society Open Science, 2, 150580
  21. Sen Majumder, Sreejani and Bhadra, Anindita. 2015."When Love Is in the Air: Understanding Why Dogs Tend to Mate when It Rains." PLoS ONE, 10, e0143501
  22. Bhadra, Anandarup; Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Paul, Manabi; Singh, Aditya; Gade, Priyanka Rajendra; Shrestha, Priyanka and Bhadra, Anindita. 2015."The meat of the matter: a rule of thumb for scavenging dogs?." Ethology Ecology and Evolution, Online first, NA
  23. Bhadra, Anindita. 2014."Science threatened by Subjectivity." Current Science, 107, 343-345
  24. Sen Majumder, Sreejani; Chatterjee, Ankita; Bhadra, Anindita and Bhadra, Anindita. 2014."A dog’s day with humans – time activity budget of free-ranging dogs in India ." Current Science, 106, 874-878
  25. Paul, Manabi; Sen Majumder, Sreejani and Bhadra, Anindita. 2014."Grandmotherly care: a case study in Indian free-ranging dogs." Journal of Ethology, 32, 75-82
  26. Majumder, Sreejani Sen; Bhadra, Anandarup; Ghosh, Arjun; Mitra, Soumitra; Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Chatterjee, Jit; Nandi, Anjan Kumar and Bhadra, Anindita. 2014."To be or not to be social: foraging associations of free-ranging dogs in an urban ecosystem." Acta Ethologica, 17, 1-8
  27. Bhadra, Anandarup and Bhadra, Anindita. 2014."Preference for meat is not innate in dogs." Journal of Ethology, 32, 15-22
  28. Paul, Manabi; Sen Majumder, Sreejani and Bhadra, Anindita. 2013."Selfish mothers? An empirical test of parent-offspring conflict over extended parental care.." Behavioural Processes, 103 (March 2014), 17-22
  29. Nandi, Anjan Kumar; Bhadra, Anindita; Annagiri, Sumana; Deshpande, Sujata and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2013."The evolution of complexity in social organization—A model using dominance-subordinate behavior in two social wasp species." Journal of Theoretical Biology, 327, 34-44
  30. Bhadra, Anindita and Jordan, Ferenc. 2013."Cryptic successors unrevealed even by network analysis: A comparative study of two paper wasp species.." Network Biology, 3, 54-66
  31. Bhadra, Anindita. 2013."For the love of butterflies." Down to Earth, May, 15
  32. Bhadra, Anindita. 2011."Book review: Annual review of Entomology, Vol 56, 2011." Current Science, 101, 794-795
  33. Bhadra, Anindita. 2011."Woof! Smells like cancer." Current Science, 101, 480-483
  34. Mitra, Aniruddha; Mitra, Paromita Saha; Chaoulideer, Michael E; Bhadra, Anindita and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2011."Chemical communication in Ropalidia marginata: Dufour's gland contains queen signal that is perceived across colonies and does not contain colony signal." Journal of Insect Physiology, 57, 280-284
  35. Bhadra, Anindita. 2010."Be nice to crows, otherwise they will scold you! ." Current Science, 98, 1430-1431
  36. Bhadra, Anindita; Mitra, Aniruddha; Deshpande, Sujata Abhay; Chandrasekhar, Kannepalli; Naik, Dattatreya G; Hefetz, Abraham and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2010."Regulation of reproduction in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata: On the trail of the Queen pheromone." Journal of Insect Physiology, 36, 424-431
  37. Bhadra, Anindita; Jordan, Ferenc; Annagiri, Sumana; Deshpande, Sujata Abhay and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2009."Comparing social networks of wasp colonies and classrooms: heterogeneity and functioning." Ecological Complexity , 6, 48-55
  38. Bhadra, Anindita and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2008."“We know that the wasps know”: Cryptic successors to the queen in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata. ." Biology Letters, 4, 634-637
  39. Bhadra, Anindita; Iyer, Priya L.; Annagiri, Sumana; Deshpande, Sujata; Ghosh, Saubhik and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2007."How do workers of the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata detect the presence of their queens? ." Journal of Theoretical Biology, 246, 574-582
  40. Lamba, Shakti; Kazi, Yasmin Claire; Deshpande, Sujata; Natesh, Meghana; Bhadra, Anindita and Gadagkar, Raghavendra. 2007."A possible novel function of dominance behaviour in queen-less colonies of the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata." Behavioural Processes, 74, 351-356


  1. Bhadra, Anindita. 2020." Probing into the private lives of free-ranging dogs in India", "Streunerhunde". Kosmos Verlag, ISBN: 9783440501238
  2. Bhadra, Anindita. 2017." Evolution, Dialoguing between disciplines - 2", "Breaking the Silo Integrated Science Education in India". Orient BlackSwan, ISBN: 9789386392886
  3. Bhadra, Anindita. 2013." The story of power in a primitive wasp society", "Quo Vadis, Behavioural Biology? Past, Present, and Future of an Evolving Science". Leopoldina, Germany, ISBN: 9783804728059
  4. Bhadra, Anindita. 2013." A model easy to admire, difficult to mimic. ", "But to reason why: Celebrating a life in science. ". Being Social Conference,